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HER Number:MDV122261
Name:Enclosure with platform on Hamel Down, Manaton


An enclosure containing a possible building platform on the lower west slope of Hamel Down. The platform is visible as a semi-circular level area with a scatter of stones.


Grid Reference:SX 695 798
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 67 NE 105
  • Pastscape: 915398

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • BUILDING PLATFORM (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD? (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1972, OS/72/104, 096 (Aerial Photograph). SDV219521.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

An enclosure with a possible hut circle in the south-east corner, visible at SX 661752 on 1972 aerial photograph.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345521.

Depicted on the digital survey data.

National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape, 26/03/1990 (Website). SDV360651.

Enclosure at SX 6959 7982. Possible building platform cut into a strip between lynchets on a moderate W slope towards the foot of Hamel Down. The feature is created by a curving stony scarp 1.5 metres high on the uphill side and the lower lynchet of the strip on the downhill side, giving a level semi-circular area with maximum dimensions of 13 metres (north to south) by 6 metres. The lynchet on the lower side is split along its axis creating a double feature, the upper part a slope, the lower part a stony bank up to 1.4 metres high. The space between may have allowed access to the platform. There is a small heap of hand-sized cleared stone, 2 metres in diameter and 0.5 metres high, inside the stance and two outside to the south.
The platform looks too regular to be simply a quarry for the small stones which abound in the topsoil here but shows no trace of any structure erected upon it. It could have been of semi-permanent nature, a stance for the temporary storage of agricultural equipment or produce associated with use of the field system SX 67 NE 111 in which it was placed.
Surveyed at 1:2500, plan with SX 67 NE 111 (citing Pattison, P., 26/03/1990, Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219521Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1972. OS/72/104. Ordnance Survey Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 096.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #112099 ]
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 26/03/1990.

Associated Monuments

MDV26195Related to: Enclosure on Hamel Down (Monument)
MDV5990Related to: Hut circles on Hamel Down (Monument)
MDV55821Related to: Ruined building in fields near Challacombe, Manaton (Building)
MDV6061Related to: STRIP FIELD in the Parish of Manaton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 26 2018 4:25PM